Imam al-Shatibi*: The Shari‘ah is Allah’s Best Blessing and Gift to Us

“All praise is for Allah, who rescued us from the darkness of ignorance through the illumination of knowledge, and through it He granted us the discernment to avoid falling into erroneous deception. He laid down for us in the sharī‘a of Muhammad a lofty standard and a manifest guide. This was the best of His … Continue reading Imam al-Shatibi*: The Shari‘ah is Allah’s Best Blessing and Gift to Us

Charles Clarke: No Negotiation About Re-creating the Caliphate

“However, there can be no negotiation about the re-creation of the Caliphate; there can be no negotiation about the imposition of Sharia law...” British Home Secretary Charles Clarke, speaking at the Heritage Foundation on October 5, 2005 [full speech here and download pdf here]. Post Script Contrast this with someone who speaks with knowledge about … Continue reading Charles Clarke: No Negotiation About Re-creating the Caliphate

How al-Awza‘i* Spoke the Truth to a Tyrant Ruler

After the Banu Umayyah were massacred and banished from Syria by the tyrannical Amir of Syria, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Ali (the first Abbasid caliph's uncle), he summoned al-Awza‘i. After going missing for three days, the latter appeared before the court of the Amir. Al-Awza‘i relates: “I went in to see him and he was reclining on … Continue reading How al-Awza‘i* Spoke the Truth to a Tyrant Ruler

Shaykh Abdalqadir al-Murabit on Government Scholars

Now, what we have at the moment is - we have no fuqaha’! It is as simple as that. What do I mean by that? I mean we have ‘ulama’, but they are castrated, metaphorically speaking. They are impotised, they are unmanned, politically speaking. Why? Because they have assembled a vast body of knowledge - … Continue reading Shaykh Abdalqadir al-Murabit on Government Scholars

Sahabi: Allah has sent us forward to liberate men from following men

During the famous battle of Qadisiyyah, the Persian general Rustam sent word to the Muslim commander Sa‘d ibn Abi Waqqas to send an envoy for negotiations. The latter chose his fellow Sahabi Rib‘i bin ‘Amir as the envoy. When Rib‘i arrived at Rustam’s court, he was asked by the general through the interpreter: “What is … Continue reading Sahabi: Allah has sent us forward to liberate men from following men

Qadi ‘Iyad on the Sahabah, the Shari‘ah and Madinah and the Return of Ruling by Islam

Qadi ‘Iyad* says in Tartīb al Madārik: “The Prophet's Companions supported him in firmly establishing his Shari‘ah during his lifetime and after his death. They succeeded him in protecting it and keeping it in good custody”. “In numerous revealed texts Allah has indicated explicitly how He granted them excellence above others, commanding that they also … Continue reading Qadi ‘Iyad on the Sahabah, the Shari‘ah and Madinah and the Return of Ruling by Islam

Ibn Hajar on Obeying and Disobeying those in Authority

The following is from the translated meaning of the Qur’an (4:59): “O Believers, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you; and if you have a dispute concerning any matter, refer it to Allah and the Messenger if you are [in truth] believers in Allah and the Last Day.” [Rendered by … Continue reading Ibn Hajar on Obeying and Disobeying those in Authority

Imam Ghazali’s ‘Definite Proof’ that Appointing a Caliph is Obligatory

Despite the fact that Imam Ghazali’s al-Iqtiṣād fi al-I‘tiqād is a book on beliefs (‘aqīda), he includes a whole chapter on the imamate (caliphate) in this work. At the beginning of this chapter, he includes a discussion of what he describes as ‘definite legal proof’ (al-burhān al-qaṭ‘ī al-shar‘ī) that appointing an imam is an obligation. … Continue reading Imam Ghazali’s ‘Definite Proof’ that Appointing a Caliph is Obligatory

‘Ali ‘Abd al-Raziq’s Secular Heresy and the Orthodox Response

“In 1925, ‘Ali ‘Abd al-Raziq (1888-1966), brother of Mustafa, published a work on Islam and the bases of political authority. Like his brother, he had studied at the Azhar and had then come to Europe, but to Oxford and not Paris...The immediate problem with which ‘Abd al-Raziq is concerned is that of the caliphate. In … Continue reading ‘Ali ‘Abd al-Raziq’s Secular Heresy and the Orthodox Response